Friday, February 19, 2010

Sheila O'Hagan - Stabilizing Solutions and Thread Painted Sunflowers

Sheila O’Hagan has been educating consumers in all aspects of sewing and quilting for the past 25 years. As a former quilt shop owner and sewing machine dealer, Sheila brings experience, entertainment and excitement to sewing enthusiasts with innovative and informative class presentations. Sheila has taught across Canada, in the U.S. including at Quilt Canada 2008 in St John’s Newfoundland. She is pleased to be a part of the SewFest West teaching line up for 2010.

Sheila will be teaching "Stabilizing Solutions - Taking the Mystery out of Using Stabilizers", a great 3 hour class for those new to stabilizers or needing a refresher on products available and how to use them. If you been confused about which stabilizers to use for embroidering, appliqués, thread painting and other techniques, let this workbook/demo class give you lots of tips and tricks on using stabilizers. Students will make a workbook of six samples using a variety of threads, stabilzers and needles. Students will gain the knowledge they need to make better choices for the future projects. The class kit will include all the stabilizers, threads, fabrics and needles you need to complete a workbook of samples. A short demo on hooping stabilizers for embroidery, using water soluble and heat away stabilizers, and what’s new on the market will also be included.

Sheila will also teach a 6 hour class called "Thread Painting Sunflowers" for those new to thread painting. Thread painting can be a fun and a relaxing way to paint with your sewing machine and decorative threads. The idea behind this class uses a flower fabric and lots of interesting metallic and rayons threads to enhance a plain fabric into 3 dimensional flowers! The class will focus on using rayon and cotton threads, special stabilizers and fusible quilt batt. Techniques are easy and there are no wrong ways to paint with thread and your sewing machine needle.

Class dates, times and fees will be posted as soon as they are finalized.